Leading sports performance innovations on show at Auckland forum, New Zealand

Leading sports performance innovations on show at Auckland forum, New Zealand

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ — Auckland is showcasing its world leading sport performance innovation sector during the World Masters Games 2017 where more than 28 thousand participants are in the region for the world’s largest multi-sport event.

Leading international sport performance experts, researchers, and innovative New Zealand sports businesses attended a Sport Performance Innovation Forum at QBE Stadium in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore today (28 April) to discuss the latest advances and future commercial opportunities for the sector.

Auckland and New Zealand already has a strong track record in sport innovation, demonstrated by inventive technology developments in America’s Cup yacht racing, track cycling, Olympic and Paralympic sports, as well as global fitness programs by Les Mills.

Auckland was named the Best Medium Sports City in the world at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards in 2016, and ranked fourth overall in the world, behind New York, London and Melbourne.

The Forum – which is part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED) World Masters Games 2017 business leverage programme, and organised in partnership with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and Callaghan Innovation – aims to showcase Auckland’s ground-breaking sport performance innovations.

Patrick McVeigh, ATEED General Manager Business, Innovation and Skills, says: “Auckland not only has a growing reputation as a world leading sports city, but is also home to ground-breaking sport performance innovations designed to give athletes the leading-edge.”

McVeigh continues: “The sport performance solutions and applications markets are growing rapidly across the globe. Auckland and New Zealand are well placed to take advantage of this growth, thanks to our highly talented and world-leading businesses, academics, training and sport medicine facilities and sport sector experts that are already based here.

“We will create greater momentum and make bigger inroads internationally if we work together. Our hope is that delegates will make valuable new contacts and see further opportunities for collaboration by attending the Forum today”.

Keynote speakers at the Forum include Microsoft’s Anton Davie, Brian Russell, the founder of Zephyr Technology who has recently returned to New Zealand from America, and Paul Francis, Senior Director of Advanced Product Innovation at Nike in Oregon, USA.

A proposal to create a New Zealand Human Performance Innovation Centre at AUT Millennium, New Zealand’s world-class sports training facility based on Auckland’s North Shore, has been announced at the Forum.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT), AUT Millennium, ATEED, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and Callaghan Innovation are partnering to further investigate the possibility of the proposed centre.

AUT Millennium Chief Executive Officer Mike Stanley says: “The centre aims to accelerate innovation to maximise New Zealand’s share of the rapidly growing global sports performance market.

“Five key areas have currently been identified as providing opportunities for research through the proposed centre. These include materials (textiles and composites), data, devices, nutrition and cognition. 

“A business case is currently being prepared to establish the viability of the centre and the best model for its establishment,” says Stanley. “We are in the critical research phase of the project at present and are seeking input from stakeholders on what shape the centre could take.

“We recognise the importance of collaborating with other centres of excellence in Auckland and around New Zealand to deliver maximum benefits for New Zealand. Having these conversations also forms part of the research phase of the project.”

Amy Robens
ATEED – Senior Communications Advisor
Tel: +64-21-399-544
Email: Amy.Robens@aucklandnz.com

 

 

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Leading sports performance innovations on show at Auckland forum, New Zealand

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Auckland is showcasing its world leading sport performance innovation sector during the World Masters Games 2017 where more than 28 thousand participants are in the region for the world’s largest multi-sport event.

Leading international sport performance experts, researchers, and innovative New Zealand sports businesses attended a Sport Performance Innovation Forum at QBE Stadium in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore today (28 April) to discuss the latest advances and future commercial opportunities for the sector.

Auckland and New Zealand already has a strong track record in sport innovation, demonstrated by inventive technology developments in America’s Cup yacht racing, track cycling, Olympic and Paralympic sports, as well as global fitness programs by Les Mills.

Auckland was named the Best Medium Sports City in the world at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards in 2016, and ranked fourth overall in the world, behind New York, London and Melbourne.

The Forum – which is part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED) World Masters Games 2017 business leverage programme, and organised in partnership with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and Callaghan Innovation – aims to showcase Auckland’s ground-breaking sport performance innovations.

Patrick McVeigh, ATEED General Manager Business, Innovation and Skills, says: “Auckland not only has a growing reputation as a world leading sports city, but is also home to ground-breaking sport performance innovations designed to give athletes the leading-edge.”

McVeigh continues: “The sport performance solutions and applications markets are growing rapidly across the globe. Auckland and New Zealand are well placed to take advantage of this growth, thanks to our highly talented and world-leading businesses, academics, training and sport medicine facilities and sport sector experts that are already based here.

“We will create greater momentum and make bigger inroads internationally if we work together. Our hope is that delegates will make valuable new contacts and see further opportunities for collaboration by attending the Forum today”.

Keynote speakers at the Forum include Microsoft’s Anton Davie, Brian Russell, the founder of Zephyr Technology who has recently returned to New Zealand from America, and Paul Francis, Senior Director of Advanced Product Innovation at Nike in Oregon, USA.

A proposal to create a New Zealand Human Performance Innovation Centre at AUT Millennium, New Zealand’s world-class sports training facility based on Auckland’s North Shore, has been announced at the Forum.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT), AUT Millennium, ATEED, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and Callaghan Innovation are partnering to further investigate the possibility of the proposed centre.

AUT Millennium Chief Executive Officer Mike Stanley says: “The centre aims to accelerate innovation to maximise New Zealand’s share of the rapidly growing global sports performance market.

“Five key areas have currently been identified as providing opportunities for research through the proposed centre. These include materials (textiles and composites), data, devices, nutrition and cognition. 

“A business case is currently being prepared to establish the viability of the centre and the best model for its establishment,” says Stanley. “We are in the critical research phase of the project at present and are seeking input from stakeholders on what shape the centre could take.

“We recognise the importance of collaborating with other centres of excellence in Auckland and around New Zealand to deliver maximum benefits for New Zealand. Having these conversations also forms part of the research phase of the project.”

Amy Robens
ATEED – Senior Communications Advisor
Tel: +64-21-399-544
Email: Amy.Robens@aucklandnz.com

 

 

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Copenhagen Fashion Summit Calls for ‘Commitment to Change’

Copenhagen Fashion Summit Calls for ‘Commitment to Change’

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

The worlds leading business forum on sustainable fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017, unveils this years complete programmeand important expected outcomes.  

On 11 May 2017, decision-makers from the global fashion industry will gather in Copenhagen for the fifth edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit. The world’s leading business forum on sustainable fashion, the Summit boasts an impressive line-up of more than 50 high level speakers who will engage in panel discussions and conversations to address the most critical issues that our industry and planet face.

Top names to join Summit 

Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017 will present a line-up of high level speakers, including the CEO of Tiffany & Co. Michael Kowalski, The New York Times chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, circular economy authority Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of Eco Age Ltd. Livia Firth, fashion designer Prabal Gurung, CEO of Hugo Boss Mark Langer and sustainability leader William McDonough. The 2017 Summit will be hosted by Amber Valletta, model and entrepreneur, and Tyler Brûlé, editor-in-chief of Monocle.

Expected outcomes  

This year’s overarching theme for the Summit is “Commitment to change”. One of the expected outcomes of the 2017 Summit is the signing of a concrete call to action put forward by Global Fashion Agenda to create a unified effort among fashion brands and retailers in accelerating the fashion industry’s transition to a circular system.

This year will also see the launch of the first-ever edition of the groundbreaking Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, which has been developed in collaboration between Global Fashion Agenda and its knowledge partner, The Boston Consulting Group. This annual report will be the first of its kind to provide a common fact base on the current sustainability performance of the industry, to quantify the potential of sustainability in fashion and to provide recommendations for companies across the supply chain.

Eva Kruse, CEO and president of Global Fashion Agenda and the organiser of the Summit, states: “Since last year’s Summit, we’ve been busy reshaping and evolving the format of the event. One of the major changes that I’m especially pleased with is the intensified focus on commitments and outcomes. By putting forward a call to action, which is already receiving substantial backing by key industry players, and by launching the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, the Summit is proving that it is able to take leadership and help unite the industry towards a better future.”

The voice of the next generation 

In the days leading up to Copenhagen Fashion Summit, students from all over the world will gather to draft a proposed UN resolution on fashion to be presented on stage at the Summit and delivered to the UN later this year. The Youth Fashion Summit represents a collaboration between Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) in partnership with Swarovski, one of the principal sponsors of Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017.

The next generation will not only be heard but also seen. On 10 May 2017, a special project of the ISKO I-SKOOL™ Denim Design Award 2016 competition will present the sustainable fashion designs of ten international design students from Japan to USA. The winner will be chosen by a jury consisting of international fashion experts such as fashion professional Peter Copping and editor-at-large of Vogue India Bandana Tewari. The initiative is conceived by ISKO™, the global leader in denim production and textile innovation and also one of the principal sponsors of Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017.

Industry-wide collaboration takes leadership    

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the flagship event of the recently established non-profit, year-round initiative Global Fashion Agenda, whose mission is to mobilise the industry to transform the way we produce and consume fashion. To help set a common global agenda for the industry and spearhead this transition, Global Fashion Agenda has partnered with Kering, H&M, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung as founding members. They represent some of the world’s foremost sustainability leaders in the high street, mainstream and luxury fashion sectors.

For an overview of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, see: copenhagenfashionsummit.com

Press accreditation  

Apply here: https://www.copenhagenfashionsummit.com/press/

Please note that the press conference will be on 10 May 2017 at 2:30 pm.

Deadline for application is 1 May 2017.

https://www.copenhagenfashionsummit.com

Practical information

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Date: 11 May 2017

Location: Copenhagen Concert Hall

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